Hey, You Might Have Visitability Disorder!
Do you have a couple of family members who cannot visit your house because it’s hard for them to climb stairs?
Do you accidentally strain yourself at home while carrying things through narrow doorways and stairs?
Have you or a family member broken a bone and were forced to completely change where you sleep, bathe, and toilet in the house?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you suffer from “Visitability Disorder”. (Gasp!)
Goodness! What is that?
It is the inability for people of all ages and abilities to visit your home. It is a terrible affliction that affects more than 90% of current housing in the U.S. (Journal of the American Planning Association).
I will confess to you all today that I too have “Visitability Disorder”. (Sobs into a handkerchief.) I feel your pain.
However, I have great news! There is a cure for “Visitability Disorder”! Visitability.org outlines what builders can do with new construction using three very important and INEXPENSIVE tactics:
1) Make one entry into the house a zero-step entrance. It can be the front door, side door, back door, from the garage, secret entryway, etc. Just choose one entry with no steps whatsoever! Bonus tip: you can add a zero-step entrance whether your house has a basement or not!
2) Build all doorways and hallways 32 inches wide or greater. This will eliminate the funny bone pain you get after slamming your elbow into the door frame while carrying groceries or a baby carrier inside the house.